A news release today from Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.) indicated that, “Heitkamp, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today spoke on the Senate floor calling on the House to stop its efforts to slash nutrition assistance programs – a key component of the Farm Bill – which could derail passage of a long-term, comprehensive Farm Bill and put millions of farmers, ranchers, and low-income families at risk.
“‘It has been six years since we have passed a long-term Farm Bill. The Senate passed a bipartisan, comprehensive bill which I proudly supported. But the House seems willing to throw it all away,’ said Heitkamp. ‘Just a few days ago, I met with North Dakota students and parents who benefit from the very nutrition assistance programs the House wants to drastically cut. These programs provide lifelines to low-income families – offering healthier school meals, and helping parents learn to cook healthier without it costing more. We don’t live in a country that rips food safety-net programs out from under children and families who need them.'”